Consent shouldn’t be the most complicated concept to grasp – if you want to do something with someone else, ask them if they’re up for it; if they’re happy to take part, great – if they’re not, just leave it at that.
For some reason, there are those that find the concept a difficult one to understand, which is why mum Rachel Brian has created a simple animated video, just to emphasise how basic it really is.
Consent For Kids features a child-like character breaking down the definition of ‘consent’ for the viewer. The character makes the point that no one should tell you what to do with your body – not friends, not strangers, not adults that you know.
This isn’t the first time that Rachel Brian has simplified the concept of consent for us – last year, in the most British way possible, she made a video which compared sexual consent to a tea-drinking analogy:
‘Maybe they were conscious when you asked them if they wanted tea, and they said “yes”. But in the time it took you to boil the kettle, brew the tea and add the milk they are now unconscious … Don’t make them drink the tea. They said ‘yes’ then, sure, but unconscious people don’t want tea.’
The Sexual Consent and Tea video was used by the Thames Valley Police and quickly went viral, and so Rachel chose to make an animated video aimed specifically at children, which described consent in a more general manner. Consent For Kids is narrated by her daughter Lola and goes on to explain that everyone has different boundaries – some like a hug, whilst others would rather settle for a handshake. The video ends by pointing out things that children can never consent to – such as voting, signing an agreement, or taking part in anything sexual.
The video is charming and easy to understand, and one which we think should be shown in all schools, everywhere.